Scoliosis - Scoliosis is an abnormal curving of the spine. Your spine is your backbone. It runs straight down your back. Everyone's spine naturally curves a tiny bit. But people with scoliosis have a spine that curves too much. The spine might look like the letter C or S. How well you do depends on the type, cause, and severity of the curve. The more severe the curving, the more likely it will get worse after you stop growing.
The scoliosis summer camp consists of a 5 day Early Stage Scoliosis Intervention program for patients with a spinal curvature under 25 degrees and a 10 day Scoliosis Boot Camp program for patients with curvature of the spine over 25 degrees. Similar scoliosis exercise programs like these have been known to reduce a spinal curvature by as much as 30-50% on average.
Scoliosis occurs in approximately 4.5 percent of the general population.
Scoliosis occurs when the spine of the back forms a C or an S shaped curve. The incidence is greater in females than males. Scoliosis patients have symptoms such back pain, hip pain, leg pain, and muscle spasms and in severe cases digestive symptoms, trouble breathing, and significant disability. About 80 percent of all scoliosis cases are idiopathic (unknown cause).
A few symptoms that could indicate a person might have scoliosis are:
Scoliosis is often first diagnosed during the teen years at a back to school physical or sports physical. For many years, scoliosis treatment consisted of watching and waiting, rigid back bracing for 23 hours a day for many years, or spinal surgery, depending on the degree of spinal curve. Recently, a new scoliosis treatment programs like the Early Stage Scoliosis Intervention and Scoliosis Boot Camp now provide an alternative to scoliosis patients. Either program can be utilized on patients as young as 5 years old in certain cases.
The treatment consists of spinal weighting, vibrational traction, scoliosis traction table and chair, and home exercises.
Dr. Stitzel, Director of the Lancaster Spinal Health Center, explains, "Our non surgical scoliosis treatment program is based on a unique system of functional spine rehabilitation, which is based on restoring normal function. The protocol necessary to achieve function rehabilitation in a scoliotic spine is dubbed Mix, Fix, and Set. The mix is based on using bio-mechanical procedures to unlock the scoliosis from the maladapted tissue, the fix is repositioning/ re-mobilizing the spinal lever arms back to normal position, and the set is re-engaging the soft tissue to re-stabilize the spine in the newly corrected position. Each of the pieces of equipment plays a key role within that protocol."
The Mix, Fix, Set therapy for scoliosis is an alternative to spinal surgeries and back braces.
Dr. Brian Dovorany (whom also offers the Scoliosis Summer Camp programs) reports that although the scoliosis protocol is new, it has out performed spinal surgeries and back bracing in many cases. Almost any age can benefit from the new scoliosis treatment, however advanced spinal arthritis and disc degeneration might limit the effectiveness of the treatment. Results are impressive. "Improvements in the curved spine are great, but it's the cosmetic improves the kids really care about." said Dr. Dovorany.
Dr Dovorany graduated cum-laude and received recognition for clinical excellence from Palmer College in 1997 and has practiced for over 11 years in Green Bay,WI. Dr Dovorany specializes in scoliosis care and currently holds a position on the board of advisers for CLEAR-Institute as chairman of the doctor education committee.
The Posture and Spine Care Center strives to provide alternative, non-invasive treatment options for scoliosis patients who may feel they don't have any options other than bracing or surgery.
Dr. Stitzel is one of the few Pennsylvania Doctors who offer this new scoliosis therapy and Dr. Stitzel has brought this new treatment to southeastern Pennsylvania. "A non-bracing, non-surgical approach to the treatment of scoliosis has been long overdue. I am proud to bring this new and innovative approach to all of the scoliosis patients in our area," comments Dr. Stitzel.
Dr. Clayton Stitzel is a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania native who graduated from Manheim Central High School. He earned a bachelors degree from Penn State University in 1998 majoring in kinesiology (the advanced study of biomechanics). Dr. Stitzel is a 2002 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He is the co-developer of the scoliosis traction chair. Dr. Stitzel is one of eleven health care providers in the U.S. that have received advanced certification in the care of scoliosis patients by the CLEAR Institute- scoliosis intensive care certified Appointments for scoliosis consultations with him can be made by calling (717) 627-3009.
For more information on scoliosis visit www.lancasterspinalhealthcenter.com and www.clear-institute.org/freeinfo